Was one of 10 children in his family (three boys, seven girls)... Has two daughters, Rachell and Rachellis...When he was young in the Dominican Republic, would sometimes ride a horse to the baseball field...His dad played baseball and would sometimes take Rafael to local games on his scooter...His cousin, José, has played in the Yankees (2017) and Marlins (2018-19, ‘21) organizations...The two cousins took the same field during the Marlins’ series at Fenway Park in 2021 (5/28-29, 6/7).
Started at 3rd base on Opening Day at NYY, his fifth Opening Day start at the position, and hit a two-run HR off Gerrit Cole in the first inning. Became the eighth player to make 5+ Opening Day starts for the Red Sox at 25 or younger (most recent: Xander Bogaerts from 2014-18 and Tony Conigliaro from 1964-70). Became the seventh player to make at least five Opening Day starts at third base for the Red Sox, the first since Wade Boggs (10, 1983-92). Hit safely in each of his first 10 games, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games (9/29/21-4/18/22). Reached base safely in a career-best 23 consecutive games from 4/24-5/19 (.383 AVG, .414 OBP). Recorded 22 XBH in May, tied for his most in any month during his career (also July 2019) and tied for sevnth most by a Red Sox player in any month. Recorded a 13-game hitting streak from 5/5-19, during which he hit .434 with a 1.266 OPS (23-for-53, 12 XBH). Hit two HR on 5/21 vs. SEA. Tied a franchise record by homering and recording multiple RBI in four straight games from 6/11-15 (4 HR, 9 RBI)...Joined Carl Yastrzemski (1978), Jackie Jensen (1958), Ted Williams (1947), and Jimmie Foxx (1938) as the only Sox players to accomplish the feat. Became the fifth Red Sox player to homer in as many as four consecutive games at age 25 or younger, joining Bobby Dalbec (five in 2020), Jim Rice (four in 1978), Ted Williams (four in 1941), and Babe Ruth (four in 1918). That was Devers’ second career streak of four consecutive games with at least one HR (also four games in 2021)...The only other Sox players with multiple such streaks are Ted Williams (6x), Carl Yastrzemski (3x), Jimmie Foxx (3x), Jim Rice (2x), and Jose Canseco (2x). Recorded a season-high five RBI on 7/7 vs. NYY... Hit a two-run HR in the third inning and three-run HR in the fifth inning, each off Yankees starter Gerrit Cole...Later matched his RBI total on 9/10 at BAL. Homered in three consecutive games from 7/14-16. Started at 3B for the AL in the All-Star Game on 7/19 at Dodger Stadium and walked in his lone PA. On the IL from 7/23-8/1 (right hamstring inflammation). Reinstated on 8/2...Started at third base and went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the fourth inning and solo HR in the sixth inning in the Sox’ 2-1 win at HOU. Hit a season-long 441-foot HR on 8/7 at KC, a solo HR in the sixth inning off Brad Keller. Hit a two-run HR in the sixth inning off Jameson Taillon on 8/14 vs. NYY, extending the Sox’ lead to 3-0...Had a projected distance of 433 feet. Doubled in the ninth inning on 8/17 at PIT, his 321st career XBH, moving into sole possession of most by a Red Sox player prior to turning 26 years old (Betts-320). Reached safely in 16 consecutive games from 9/9-28 (.328 AVG, .411 OBP). Matched a season high with 5 RBI on 9/10 at BAL (also 7/7 vs. NYY)...Hit a grand slam in the first and an RBI single in the fourth...Was his fourth career grand slam. Hit a two-run HR in the ninth inning on 9/20 at CIN to extend the Sox’ lead to 5-1 in their 5-3 victory. On 9/26 vs. BAL, doubled in the first inning and hit an RBI single in the fourth inning...The double was his 40th of the season.
Completed his 5th ML season at only 24 years old and led the Red Sox in games played (156), HR (38), RBI (113), runs (101), hits (165), total bases (318), SLG (.538) and OPS (.890)...Selected to the All-MLB 2nd Team and finished 11th in AL MVP voting...Won the AL Silver Slugger Award at third base...Named Red Sox Team MVP by the Boston BBWAA...Was voted the AL’s starting 3rd baseman for the 2021 All-Star Game, his first All-Star selection...Along with Xander Bogaerts, was part of the first SS/3B combo in Sox history to start the All-Star Game...Set the Red Sox record for HR by a third baseman (38), breaking his own record (32 in 2019)...Set career highs in HR (38) and walks (62)...Recorded 30+ HR and 100+ RBI for the second time (32 HR & 115 RBI in 2019)...Became the 16th player to record multiple 30-HR seasons with the Red Sox (2019, ‘21), but just the 2nd to do so before turning 25 (Ted Williams in 1939, ‘41, ‘42)...Became the 33rd player to hit 100 HR with the Red Sox, but only the 3rd to do so before turning 25...Ted Willams (127) and Tony Conigliaro (124) are the others...Became the 41st MLB player since 1900 with 250+ XBH before turning 25, and just the 3rd Red Sox, joining Ted Williams (314) and Bobby Doerr (260)...Recorded 3+ RBI 17 times, 4+ RBI seven times, and 5+ RBI three times...Recorded at least one RBI in five consecutive games twice, doing so from 5/2-26 and 6/12-18...Hit .282 with a .913 OPS before the All-Star break and .276 with an .862 OPS after the break...Led the majors in 3-run HR (10)...With RISP, hit .300 with a .992 OPS and led the AL in hits (tied, 54) and HR (15)...Made his 4th consecutive Opening Day start at 3B...Became the 9th player to make as many as four Opening Day starts for the Red Sox at age 24 or younger...The two most recent players to do so were Xander Bogaerts (2014-17) and Tony Conigliaro (1964-69)...Homered in four consecutive games from 4/8-13 (5 HR)...Joined Babe Ruth (1918) and Ted Williams (1941) as the only Red Sox to homer in four consecutive games before turning 25, and the 19th to do so at any age (30th instance)...Recorded his 200th career XBH on 4/30 at TEX, his 417th career game...The only other Red Sox to reach the milestone in fewer games are Ted Williams (363) and Nomar Garciaparra (369)...Joined J.D. Martinez as the only Red Sox teammates to each record 7+ HR and 20+ RBI in a season before May (Martinez: 9 HR, 25 RBI; Devers: 7 HR, 21 RBI)...Hit a walk-off single in the 9th inning on 6/14 vs. TOR, his 3rd career walk-off hit...Hit two HR on 7/23 vs. NYY, his 99th and 100th career HR in his 486th game...The only other Red Sox to reach 100 HR in fewer games are Ted Williams (467) and Tony Conigliaro (469)...Played his 500th career game on 8/10 vs. TB...Hit his 33rd HR of the season on 9/4 vs. CLE, setting a new career high (previous: 32 HR in 2019)...Batted .350 with a .971 OPS in 14 games from 9/17 through the end of the season (3 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI)...Homered in each of the Sox’ last two games of the season at WSH (10/2-3)...In the club’s final game, needing a win to host the AL Wild Card Game, went 4-for-5 with three runs, two HR and four RBI, including a two-run HR in the top of the 9th inning which gave the Sox their decisive 7-5 lead.
POSTSEASON: Started at 3B in each of the Sox’ 11 games, batting .295 (13-for-44) with a 1.028 OPS, 11 runs scored, five HR, 12 RBI and seven BB...Tied for the MLB lead with 5 HR...Also ranked among leaders in RBI (T-2nd, 12), SLG (9th, .636), BB (T-6th, 7), total bases (9th, 28), and runs scored (T-5th, 11)...Led the Sox in RBI, runs scored, and HR (tied)...His five HR are tied for the most by a Red Sox player in a single Postseason (also David Ortiz-2004, ‘13; Todd Walker-2003; Kiké Hernández-2021)...Hit 3 HR in the ALCS, tied for the most by a Red Sox in a single ALCS (also Trot Nixon-2003, David Ortiz-2004, Kevin Youkilis-2007, Dustin Pedroia-2008, Kiké Hernández-2021)...Hit safely in nine straight games from ALDS Game 1 through ALCS Game 5, the 2nd-longest hitting streak in the Postseason by a player prior to turning 25 years old (Ozzie Albies-11)...Scored a run in six consecutive games from ALDS Game 4 through ALCS Game 5...Is one of three players in Postseason history to record at least one hit and one run in six consecutive games at the age of 24 or younger...The only others are Miguel Cabrera (8) and Orlando Arcia (6)...Went 3-for-4 with a three-run HR in ALDS Game 4, helping the Sox advance to the ALCS...Was the 4th Red Sox with 3+ hits and 3+ RBI in a potential clinching game (also Dustin Pedroia-2007 ALCS Game 7, Johnny Damon-2004 ALCS Game 7, David Ortiz-2004 ALDS Game 3)...Hit a grand slam in the 2nd inning of ALCS Game 2, extending the Sox’ lead to 8-0.
Completed his 4th ML season—his 3rd full season— at only 23 years old...Made a team-high 55 starts, all at 3B...Hit .297 with 40 RBI and an .874 OPS in 41 games from 8/13 through the end of the season, after batting .167 with 3 RBI and a .564 OPS in his first 16 games... his 40 RBI in his final 41 games ranked T-2nd in the AL...Led the Red Sox in RBI (43), total bases (112), XBH (28), HR (tied, 11), and doubles (tied, 16)...Led the Sox in average exit velocity (93.0 mph), the fourth-highest average in the AL (min. 100 PA)...Ranked among AL leaders in doubles (T-3rd, 16), XBH (T-3rd, 28), RBI (5th, 43), and total bases (7th, 112)...Led MLB in games with 3+ RBI (9)...Tied for the lead among AL 3B in doubles (16)... trailed only CLE’s José Ramírez among that group in HR (17), RBI (46), XBH (34), and total bases (133)...Made his 3rd consecutive Opening Day start at 3B... Became the 1st Red Sox player ever to start 3 Opening Days at 3B at the age of 23 or younger. Doubled and scored in 4 straight games from 7/26-29. Hit his 1st HR of the season on 8/2 at NYY, a solo HR that gave the Red Sox a 7-6 lead in the 7th inning. His solo HR on 8/9 vs. TOR had a projected distance of 449 feet...That was his longest HR of the season, the 2nd-longest of his career (458, 6/16/19 at BAL), and tied for the longest by any Red Sox in 2020 (also Dalbec). On 8/25 at TOR, turned a 6-5 deficit into an 8-6 lead with a bases-loaded triple in the 6th inning...The 3-2 pitch was hit with an exit velocity of 110.2 mph. Devers’ bases-loaded triple on 8/25 was the first by a Red Sox player since Jackie Bradley Jr. on 8/9/15 at DET, and the first that turned a deficit into a lead since Coco Crisp on 7/20/07 vs. CWS. Hit his 100th career double on 8/28 at WSH at 23 years, 309 days old...Became only the 4th Red Sox player to reach 100 doubles prior to turning 24, joining Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, and Carl Yastrzemski. Went 4-for-4 with 1 BB, 2 HR, 3 RBI, and 3 runs scored on 8/30 vs. WSH...Marked a season high in hits. In Game 1 of the Sox’ doubleheader at PHI on 9/8, went 3-for-4 with 1 2B , 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Had a season-best 10-game hitting streak from 9/5- 17, during which he posted a .463/.488/.951 batting line (19-for-41, BB, HBP, 5 2B, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 7 R). Recorded at least 1 RBI in 4 of his final 5 games (7 RBI) and in each of his last 3 (4 RBI). On 9/23 vs. BAL, snapped an 0-for-10 skid with a 2-out, bases-loaded, 3-run double. Set a career-high in exit velocity in the season finale at 9/27 at ATL, hitting a single at 116.7 mph.
Was 12th in BBWAA American League MVP voting... Earned 11 top-10 votes, including a 4th-place vote...In his 2nd full season, led the majors in XBH (90) and total bases (359) at only 22 years old...Played a team-high 156 games and recorded a .311/.361/.555/.916 batting line (201-for-647) with 54 2B, 4 3B, 32 HR, 115 RBI, and 129 runs scored...According to Baseball-Reference, his 5.3 WAR ranked 19th among position players, and 2nd among Red Sox position players behind only Mookie Betts (6.8)...Led the majors with 252 hard-hit balls (95+ mph), according to Statcast...Led the Red Sox in hits (201), doubles (54), XBH (90), and AVG (.311)...Recorded the 25th 30-HR/50-double season in MLB history, but only the 2nd ever by a third baseman (also Alex Bregman in 2018)...Was the first left-handed hitter to accomplish the feat since David Ortiz (2007)...Joined Alex Rodriguez (1996) as the only players ever with 30+ HR and 50+ 2B in a season before turning 23...Is the youngest Red Sox player ever with 50+ doubles in a season...The only other players with 50+ doubles in a season, all before turning 23, are Alex Rodriguez (54 in 1996) and Manny Machado (51 in 2013)...Set Red Sox single-season records for a 3rd baseman in HR (32), doubles (54), XBH (90), and total bases (359), and tied the record for runs scored (129)...Recorded the 28th 200-hit season in Red Sox history, becoming the franchise's youngest player ever to accomplish the feat...Was only the 17th player since 1900 with 200+ hits in a season before turning 23...Had 3 hitting streaks of 10+ games (11, 11, 10)...Became the first player since 1900 with 6+ hits- including 4+ doubles-in a game (source: Elias)...Named AL Player of the Month for May and AL Player of the Week for 8/12-18...Moved to the No. 2 spot in the batting order on 6/25 and spent most of the remainder of the season there... Had batted as low as 8th prior to that...Had a .300+ AVG and a .900+ OPS with RISP (.336/.953), with the bases empty (.304/.926), at home (.318/.920), on the road (.304/.911), vs. RHP (.330/.996), and vs. AL East teams (.321/.936)...Had 0 HR and 10 RBI in his first 32 games of the season (through 5/2)...From 5/3 through the end of the season, led the AL with 105 RBI and was the only AL player with 30+ HR and 100+ RBI...Was charged with 9 errors in his first 31 games (through 5/2), but none in his next 31 games (5/3-6/8)...Played in each of the Sox' first 50 games...Was the youngest Red Sox player to appear in each of the team's first 50 games since George Scott in 1966 (all 162)...On 4/11 vs. TOR, helped the Sox overcome a 5-0 deficit with a walk-off RBI single in the 9th inning...Recorded his 100th and 101st career RBI on 4/24 vs. DET at 22 years, 182 days old...The only other Red Sox to reach 100 RBI by that age are Tony Conigliaro (273), Bobby Doerr (272), Ted Williams (258), and Jim Rice (107)...Named AL Player of the Month for May after hitting .351 and leading the AL in hits (40) and runs (tied, 25)...At only 22 years old, became the youngest Red Sox ever to earn the monthly honor (introduced in 1974)...In May, hit .351 (40-for-114) with a 1.021 OPS and 24 RBI over 26 games...Recorded 3 hits in 3 consecutive games from 5/10-12, joining Xander Bogaerts (2014) as the only Red Sox since 1908 with 3+ hits in 3 straight games at 22 or younger...Recorded his 50th hit of 2019 in the Sox' 41st game (5/12 vs SEA)...Prior to Devers, the last Red Sox to reach 50 hits in 41 or fewer team games, all at age 22 or younger, were Carl Yastrzemski (1962) and Ted Williams (1941)...Hit .380 (19-for-50) with 5 HR during an 11-game hitting streak from 5/19-31...Homered in a career-best 3 straight games from 5/20- 22...Is 1 of 6 Red Sox to homer in 3 straight games at the age of 22 or younger (also Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Carl Yastrzemski, Rico Petrocelli, and Jim Tabor)...Recorded an XBH and scored a run in 8 consecutive games from 5/20-28, matching Dwight Evans (1982) for the longest such streak in Red Sox history...Became the 2nd-youngest player in Sox history to record an XBH in 8 straight games, behind only Ted Williams, who accomplished the feat twice (source: Elias)...From 6/24-7/6, batted .465 (20-for-43) and slugged .907 with 7 2B and 4 HR during a 10-game hitting streak...On 6/25 vs. CWS, hit 3 doubles at only 22 years, 244 days old...Prior to Devers, the last Red Sox player with 3+ doubles in a game at that age or younger was Dwight Evans on 7/28/73 at CLE...On 7/2 at TOR, had 4 hits, 2 HR, and a career-hightying 6 RBI...Was his 2nd career game with 4+ hits and 6+ RBI (also 9/26/18 vs. BAL-G1)...During an 11-game hitting streak from 7/20-31, went 20-for-50 (.400) with 12 XBH, 11 RBI, and 15 runs scored...On 8/13 & 8/14 at CLE, recorded a hit in 8 straight PA (2B, 1B, 2B, 2B, 1B, 2B, 1B, HR)...According to Elias, he was the first Red Sox in 81 years with a hit in 8 straight PA (last: Pinky Higgins on 6/21/38 at DET)...nt 6-for-6 with 4 doubles on 8/13 at CLE...Is the only player since 1900 with 6+ hits-including 4+ doubles- in a game (source: Elias)...Tied the Red Sox single-game records for hits (5th time) and doubles (7th)...Became the 3rd-youngest player since 1900 to go 6-for-6 in a game...Joe Morgan accomplished the feat at 21 years old on 7/8/1965 at MIL, and Jesus Alou did it at 22 years old on 7/10/1964 at CHC...Named AL Player of the Week for 8/12-18, batting .593 (16-for-27, 7 2B, 3 HR) with 11 RBI in 6 games...On 9/8 vs. NYY, tied the AL record for total chances at 3B in a 9-inning game (14)...According to Elias, the only other players with 14+ chances at 3B in a 9-inning game since 1900 are WSH's Wid Conroy (14 on 9/25/1911) and NYG's Art Devlin (15 on 5/23/1908)...Entered the final game of the season (9/29 vs. BAL) with 198 hits and went 3-for-5...Had the Sox' final atbat, a single that advanced Mookie Betts to 3B (Betts came around to score the winning run on the play).
2018: In his 1st full ML season, hit .240 (108- for-450) with 21 HR, 24 2B, 66 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 121 games. Made his 1st career Opening Day roster and spent the entire season in the majors at only 21 years old. Missed 31 games due to 3 DL stints. The only players to appear in more games than Devers at the age of 21 or younger in 2018 were Ozzie Albies (158) and Gleyber Torres (123). Became only the 3rd Red Sox player ever to hit 20+ HR in a season, all before turning 22...Joined Ted Williams (1939) and Tony Conigliaro (1964-66). The Sox were 15-4 in games in which he homered. Was 1 of 27 players to hit multiple grand slams in 2018 (Xander Bogaerts was the only player to hit 3). 11 of his HR came with 2 strikes...Was 1 of 22 major leaguers with as many 2-strike homers in 2018. Was 21 years and 156 days old on Opening Day (3/29 at TB)...Was 1 of only 10 major leaguers to appear in a game that young in 2018...The only other AL player to do so was NYY's Gleyber Torres. Became the Sox' 2nd-youngest Opening Day starter at 3B...Luis Alvarado was 21 years and 82 days old when the Sox opened the 1970 season at NYY. Was the 1st player to make an Opening Day start at 3B at 21 years old or younger since Manny Machado did so for BAL in 2013. Drove in at least 1 run in each of his first 4 games of the season...The only other Red Sox player to record an RBI in each of his first 4 games of a season at 21 years old or younger is Tony Conigliaro (4 in April 1965). Also recorded at least 1 hit in each of his first 5 games...Prior to Devers, the last Red Sox to begin a season with a hit streak of 5+ games at 21 years old or younger were Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr in 1939...Hit a grand slam on 4/18 at LAA at 21 years and 176 days old...Became the youngest Red Sox player to hit a grand slam since Tony Conigliaro on 8/24/65 vs. WSH-G1 (20 years, 229 days old). Recorded his 2nd career multi-homer game on 5/4 at TEX...The only other Red Sox players to record more than 1 multi-HR game before turning 22 years old are Tony Conigliaro (4) and Ted Williams (3). During a career-best 10-game hitting streak from 6/6-15, batted .300 (12-for-40) with 5 XBH. On 6/30 at NYY, set a career high in hits (5) and hit a 1st-inning grand slam...At 21 years, 249 days old, became the youngest Red Sox player ever to go 5-for-5 or better in any game (source: Elias). Also became the youngest player ever to hit a grand slam in a Red Sox-Yankees game (source: Elias)...Since the original Yankee Stadium opened in 1923, Devers is the youngest player ever with 5+ hits vs. NYY on the road. Placed on the 10-day disabled list on 7/12 (retro to 7/11) with left shoulder inflammation...Reinstated on 7/21. Placed on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain on 7/29...Went 1-for-4 with a HR in his lone rehab appearance with Short-A Lowell on 8/6 vs. Vermont. Reinstated on 8/8 and went 2-for-4 with a HR and a double that night at TOR. Returned to the DL with a left hamstring strain on 8/17 (retro to 8/16)...Appeared in 6 rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket from 8/29-9/3 (7-for-21, HR) before being reinstated on 9/4. Homered in back-to-back games at CLE from 9/21-22. Scored at least 1 run in 5 consecutive games from 9/15-22, the longest such streak of his career. In the 1st game of a doubleheader vs. BAL on 9/26, went 4-for-5 with 2 HR, 6 RBI, and a double...Joined Ted Williams (6/9/39 vs. STL) as the only Red Sox ever to record 6+ RBI in a game at the age of 21 or younger. Since RBI became an official stat in 1920, that was the 9th instance of a player recording 2+ HR, 4+ hits, and 6+ RBI in a game at the age of 21 or younger... The last players to do that were Justin Upton (5/20/09 at FLA) and Ron Santo (6/28/61 vs. CIN). His 2 HR on 9/26 were the 30th and 31st of his career, as he reached that total in his 175th ML game. POSTSEASON: Appeared in 11 postseason games, with the Red Sox going 7-1 in his starts...Went 8-for-31 (.258) with 1 HR, 8 RBI, and 5 runs scored. Recorded at least 1 RBI in each of his first 5 postseason starts... Between 2017 and 2018, became the 1st player in MLB history to record at least 1 RBI in each of his first 8 career postseason starts (previous record: 6). Also tied the MLB record for consecutive postseason starts with an RBI at any point in a player's career (8), joining Lou Gehrig (1928-32), Alex Rodriguez (2007-09), and Ryan Howard (2009)...In the Sox' pennant-clinching win over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS, gave BOS a 4-0 lead with a 3-run HR off Justin Verlander in the 6th inning. Recorded the game-winning RBI in Game 4 of the World Series at LAD, breaking a 4-4 tie with a pinch-hit single that scored Brock Holt in the 9th inning.
Made his ML debut at 20 years old...Had never played above Double-A prior to 2017...In 58 ML games, hit .284 (63-for-222) with an .819 OPS, 14 2B, 10 HR, 30 RBI, and 34 runs scored. Named the 3B on the Topps All-Star Rookie Team. Earned the Greg Montalbano Minor League Player of the Year Award from the Boston Baseball Writers. Became the 1st player ever to hit 8 HR in his first 20 ML games before turning 21 (source: Elias). In the majors, hit .400 vs. LHP (20-for-50, 2 HR) and .312 at home (39-for-125, .902 OPS). In 86 minor league games between Double-A Portland (77 G) and Triple-A Pawtucket (9 G), posted a .311/.377/.578 batting line (100-for-322, 20 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR). Named an Eastern League mid-season All-Star and selected to play in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game...Entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the Red Sox' No. 2 prospect, as well as having the best infield arm in the organization... Was also ranked the No. 18 prospect in baseball. Ranked the best defensive 3rd baseman in the Eastern League in the Baseball America Best Tools survey...Also named to the Baseball America All-Star Second Team. Began the season with Portland, homering in his 1st game of the season on 4/7 vs. Reading...Hit 2 HR on 5/2 at Hartford and 6/28 vs. New Hampshire...In that game at Hartford, went 5-for-5 with 4 RBI and 4 runs scored. Started at 3B for the World Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on 7/9 at Marlins Park (1-for-4). Also started the Eastern League All-Star Game at 3B for the East on 7/12 and went 1-for-2 as the cleanup hitter. Ranked as baseball's No. 6 overall prospect in Baseball America's Midseason Top 100 Prospects list. Transferred to Pawtucket on 7/14...Made his Triple-A debut the following day (7/15) at Syracuse and went 4-for-4 with a HR and a double. Played in only 9 games with the PawSox before his ML selection, going 14-for-35 (.400) with 2 HR. Selected to the ML roster on 7/24 and reached base in each of his first 9 games with BOS. Made his ML debut on 7/25 at SEA, starting at 3B (0-for-4, 2 BB, R)...At 20 years and 275 days old, was the youngest active player in the majors at the time. Was the youngest Red Sox to appear in a game since Jeff Suppan (20y, 265d) in 1995, and the youngest BOS position player to do so since Luis Alvarado (20y, 259d) in 1969. In his 2nd game, on 7/26 at SEA, hit a solo HR off Andrew Moore in the 3rd inning for his 1st ML hit and added a single in the 7th...At 20 years and 276 days old, became the youngest Red Sox player to homer since Tony Conigliaro in September 1965. Went 4-for-4 on 7/31 vs. CLE...According to Elias, he became the 5th Red Sox player to record 4+ hits in a game before turning 21, joining Babe Ruth, Ted Williams (3x), Dalton Jones (2x), and Tony Conigliaro (2x). In the Sox' 3-2 win on 8/13 at NYY, tied the game at 2-2 in the 9th inning by hitting a solo HR off Aroldis Chapman...At 20 years and 293 days old, became only the 4th Red Sox player to homer against the Yankees in NY before turning 21 (source: Elias)...The others are Tony Conigliaro (1964), Gene Stephens (1953), and Babe Ruth (1915). Hit 2 HR the following day (8/14) vs. CLE...According to Elias, joined Ted Williams and Tony Conigliaro as the only Red Sox ever to homer in consecutive games before turning 21...Those are also the only 3 Red Sox ever to record a multi-HR game before turning 21. Recorded an RBI in 4 straight games from 8/12-15...Since RBI became an official stat in 1920, the only other Red Sox with an RBI in 4+ straight games before turning 21 are Bobby Doerr, Ted Williams, and Tony Conigliaro. Homered in consecutive games on 8/18-19 vs. NYY, becoming the 1st player ever with 8+ HR in their first 20 ML games at the age of 20 or younger (source: Elias). Joined Babe Ruth as the only players ever to homer in 3 straight games vs. NYY before turning 21, doing so from 8/13-19 (source: Elias). In his first 20 ML games through 8/19, was 28-for-77 (.364)...It marked the most hits recorded by a Red Sox in their first 20 games since Johnny Pesky (28 in 1942). Hit safely in 17 of his first 20 ML games...The only other players in the last 100 years to hit safely in 17+ of their first 20 games before turning 21 are Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Ivan Rodriguez. Went 4-for-35 (.114) during a 9-game stretch from 8/20-28, but in his final 29 games (beginning 8/29) he hit .282 (31-for-110). In the Sox' 3-game sweep at CIN from 9/22-24, went 5-for-11 with 2 HR and 5 RBI (2 game-winning RBI). On 9/22 at CIN, turned a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead with a 3-run HR in the 4th inning...On 9/24 at CIN, tied the game at 1-1 with a HR in the 5th inning and broke a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the 8th. Recorded a double and at least 1 RBI in each of his final 3 games of the season (9/29-10/1). POSTSEASON: Appeared in each of the Sox' 4 ALDS games vs. HOU and led the club in HR (2), RBI (tied, 5), and BB (tied, 2)...Started Games 1, 3, and 4, all at 3B...Started Game 1 at only 20 years and 346 days old, becoming the youngest Red Sox position player ever to appear in a postseason game...Hit a game-winning, 2-run HR in Game 3 at Fenway Park, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead in the 3rd inning...Became only the 6th player-and 1st Red Sox-ever to hit a postseason HR before turning 21, joining Mickey Mantle, Andruw Jones, Miguel Cabrera, Manny Machado, and Bryce Harper...In Game 4, led off the bottom of the 9th inning with an inside-the-park HR...Was the 17th inside-the-park HR in postseason history, the 3rd hit by a Red Sox (see pg. 97). The only other rookie to hit an inside-the-park HR In the postseason is PIT's Jimmy Sebring (1903 WS-G1 at BOS off Cy Young)...Joined Mickey Mantle, Andruw Jones, and Miguel Cabrera as the only players with multiple postseason HR before turning 21.
Named Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to being named a Carolina League Year-End All-Star...Spent entire season with High-A Salem. Led league 3rd basemen in fielding percentage (.960), total chances (377), putouts (104), and assists (258), and ranked T-2nd in double plays (19). Ranked 3rd in the CL in at-bats (503), 4th in hits (142), and 5th in total bases (223)...Also ranked among team leaders in games (1st, 128), runs (1st, 64), HR (1st, 11), doubles (2nd, 32), RBI (2nd, 71), and triples (3rd, 8). Following the season, ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the Red Sox organization, as well as having the best infield arm in the farm system...Also ranked the No. 6 prospect in the Carolina League by Baseball America, in addition to being named a High Class A All-Star. Named Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Month in April. In 65 games after the All-Star break, posted a .326/.367/.539/.906 line (87-for-267, 24 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR). Hit above .300 in June (.313), July (.357), and August (.328)...Reached base safely in 19 straight games from 7/28-8/17, hitting .333 (28-for-84)...Hit 2 HR on 8/11 at Myrtle Beach. Following the season, batted .243 (18-for-74) in 25 games with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League.